Hailed for his “full, exciting lyric baritone” (Opera News), 23-year-old
Sean Michael Plumb studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under the
tutelage of renowned instructors Mikael Eliasen and William Stone.
Following a return to the Glimmerglass Festival with main stage
performances of Papageno in The Magic Flute and Sam in Trouble in
Tahiti, a highlight of the 2015-16 season includes the baritone’s
company debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the world premiere of
South Pole, by composer Miroslav Srnka and librettist Tom Holloway,
conducted by General Music Director Kirill Petrenko and directed by
Hans Neuenfels. Other performances of the season include productions
of La bohème at Curtis Opera Theater, as Marcello, and at Opera Theatre
of St. Louis, as Schaunard, der Graf in Capriccio in a return to Opera
Philadelphia, as well as Rorem’s dramatic and hauntingly beautiful
Aftermath with pianist Mikael Eliasen and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
Sean Michael Plumb’s operatic credits feature Belcore (L’elisir d’amore),
Dandini (La cenerentola), Robert (Iolanta), Gianni Schicchi, and Ein
Musikleher (Ariadne auf Naxos), Kaiser Overall (Der Kaiser von Atlantis),
Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Apollo (Apollo e Dafne), Fiorello
(Il barbiere di Siviglia), Wagner (Faust), and Thierry (Dialogues of the
Carmelites), among others
Passionate about contemporary music, the California native recently
performed the roles of Owens/Ethan in the world premiere workshop
of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain with Opera
Philadelphia and Santa Fe Opera. He also has collaborated with Missy
Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek on their new opera, Breaking the Waves, in
workshop performances in New York and San Francisco. Additionally,
he has covered the leading role of Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker's An
American Tragedy at The Glimmerglass Festival.
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Sean Michael Plumb has performed across the United States in such
prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
Kimmel Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gusman Theater, and the
Broad Stage, as well as with orchestras including the Florida Orchestra,
Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and
the Curtis Symphony. He has been a young artist at The Glimmerglass
Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Aspen Music Festival
and he recently made his national television debut in the HBO
documentary “Renee Fleming: a YoungArts MasterClass.” Mr. Plumb
performed as the youngest soloist at the Grammy Week Salute to
Plácido Domingo in 2010 and was honored by President Obama as a
United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts at a ceremony at The
White House.
A 2015 Sara Tucker Grant winner from The Richard Tucker Foundation,
Sean was also the 2015 recipient of the Theodor Uppman Prize from the
George London Foundation, and the third-prize winner at the 2015
Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. He has
placed first in many competitions including the NFAA YoungArts,
Classical Singer Magazine, and Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight
awards. He has been featured on NPR’s radio program, “From the Top”
and appeared on HBO and WHYY.
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